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August 25, 2014

Guest Post: An Intern’s Reflections on Shanghai

Welcome today to Beatriz Lopez, an intern with Intuu China! I asked Beatriz to share with Chinaful’s readers the highs and lows of her experience learning to live and work in China. As every traveler to China can attest, China poses many new challenges that stem from the different cultures and languages. But there’s nothing […]


August 04, 2014

Eight Facts to Know About Chinese Characters

{With my friend, a national calligraphy champion, who wrote my Chinese name as a gift} As an attorney serving Chinese clients, I deal with written Chinese a lot. The Chinese written language carries complexities that are very different from English, and affect everything from searching and reviewing documents, to interpreting meaning. Understanding the basics of written […]


June 25, 2014

SinoSaying: Nature is Heaven

{Guilin’s famous mountains and water} My SinoSaying is: 桂林山水甲天下 (Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎ tiānxià) Translated, this means: “Guilin mountains and water are heaven.” I first learned this saying: When I visited Guilin for myself. The mountains are so curious, rounded at the top. Guilin is a pilgramage for the Chinese to see one of the most beautiful places […]


May 20, 2014

SinoSaying: Now or Never

{Tibetan man spinning Buddhist prayer wheels} My SinoSaying is: 机不可失,时不再来 (jī bù kě shī, shí bú zài lái.)  Translated, this means: “An opportunity missed will not come again.” I first learned this saying: I read proverbs often when looking for inspiration, for a speech, an article, or just my own life.  This one stood out–it’s a warning, […]


March 21, 2014

SinoSaying: Start a Long Journey By Taking the First Step

{Photo of Beijing’s Tsinghua University Campus} One aspect I’m drawn to when learning about a culture are local sayings — little bits of wisdom passed down from generations that tell you so much about how people think, act, and live. Chinese is particularly rich with proverbs, from ancient Confucious sayings all the way through Cultural […]


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